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Conveyancing in Alresford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Alresford attractions

Itchen Stoke St Mary Churches Conservation Trust and Avington Park Historic Houses Association are situated in Alresford.

Alresford's closest train station is Alresford: Watercress Line at 1 mile s. Alresford's closest airport is Southampton, Mitchell Way Airport. Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 22 miles, Southampton Airport is 13 miles and Blackbushe Airport is 22 miles away.

The most convenient hospital for Alresford is Winchester, Royal Hampshire County.

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How do we get affordable conveyancing?

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Confusion over this matter catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers advertise cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional charges are often hiding in the terms and conditions that buyers often do not check. Any fees included in terms of engagement should be fair and only come into force where the lawyer must complete additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Is your solicitor team set up to move quickly on property auction conveyancing in Alresford?

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In fact we specialise in auctions and do frequently act for auction buyers and sellers. Solicitors invariably encourage purchasers to formally appoint a good solicitor well in advance of the actual auction to give enough time for a full investigation of the auction legal papers.

Thereafter, following the property auction your chosen lawyer is totally geared up to concluding the transaction within the limited time as typically required .

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What do we need to calculate SDLT, and how much should we pay on a £663k house?

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Stamp Duty in Alresford will rely on a limited set of factors, including the value of the home, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. Stamp duty will be £26520 on a £663k house.*

*Accurate 12/03/2013

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Will property lawyer in Alresford order any searches on the Hampshire thirties mid terrace property I am purchasing

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The common procedure will be to get the following Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environment Search and perhaps special local Alresford searches, which may include a Chancel Check.

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What can a Alresford conveyancing solicitor recommend if the maisonette I want to buy is inside a Winchester planning authority conservation area which has unlawful PVC windows fitted to it?

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Winchester council Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by the solicitor in the process of the conveyancing will establish whether the property is in a conservation area and any evidence of council approval for additions to the property will be requested. If no appropriate consents be supplied your solicitor will advise you of the alternatives which include purchasing an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective approval from Winchester planning authority.

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Is contaminated land an issue for the majority of homes in Alresford?

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Many of contaminants caused by factors caused by man and by nature may significantly reduce the value of Alresford property, like existing and proposed overhead electricity cables. An environmental search will offer more detail.

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How do we bypass paying out for stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is usually payable for residential property priced at over £125,000. We firmly advise against any form of stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later. There have been a small number of legitimate initiatives, however, such as disadvantaged area relief. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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How can I go about determine whether the conservation area we are buying in is at risk?

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Local Alresford conservation areas are created by the local Winchester planning authority, who administer the state of the area including things like street posts, addition of unsympathetic windows and what can be demolished. English Heritage have assembled a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

 
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